Hacked By Scammers For A Few Minutes. Someone Sent Them 0.4 BTC

Hackers took over the website and displayed the classic double your money scam for a few minutes today. Apparently, it was a DNS hack. Luckily, the Bitcoin community took notice and alerted Cobra, the pseudonymous website owner, as well as the company that hosted the domain. A few minutes later, was down. Sadly, a credulous person was faster than them and sent 0.4 BTC to the displayed address… or did he?

The transaction exists, but there’s a rumor that it might’ve been the scammers themselves, trying to make the operation look reputable. Just like a busker who put some change in his hat to encourage others to contribute. However, that’s just a rumor. Someone might’ve been scammed.

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In any case, everybody else should thank Matt Corallo, a Bitcoin Core contributor who took it upon himself to contact the domain name registrars and managed to convince them to temporarily take down the site before some catastrophe happened. 

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What Does The Owner Think About All Of This?

When Cobra announced the hack, he or she said, “Currently looking into how the hackers put up the scam modal on the site.” So far, there’s no information on that. Cobra also said that “May be down for a few days,” but luckily that wasn’t necessary.

Earlier in the day, Cobra contacted via Twitter their new hosting company Cloudflare and told them that the website has never been hacked, and now that he moved to their servers, this happened. The company responded, and eventually, the original tweet disappeared.  

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Does This Have Anything To Do With Craig Wright AKA Faketoshi Nakamoto?

A few months ago, both Cobra and made worldwide news. Craig Wright, Australian entrepreneur and Satoshi Nakamoto cosplay artist, got a UK court to order the website to remove the Bitcoin Whitepaper from its servers. At the time, Yahoo! finance informed:

“Cobra, the pseudonymous creator of the website, has been ordered by London’s High Court to discontinue hosting its copy of the Bitcoin white paper.

Citing copyright infringement brought forward by nChain Chief Scientist Craig Wright, the judge had no option but to rule a default judgment because Cobra chose not to make an appearance.”

Does the hack have anything to do with Craig Wright? There’s not a single clue to indicate that, but, rumors are flying. He’s the only one incentivized to attack, they say. However, 0.4 BTC is a pretty great incentive. Maybe the scammers were just interested in scamming.

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In any case, to close all the loops, Yahoo quotes Cobra explaining why he chose not to make an appearance in court:

“Unfortunately the court rules allowed for me to be sued pseudonymously, however, I couldn’t defend myself pseudonymously. So I was put in an impossible situation of losing my privacy or losing the case in a default judgment.”

So, to sum it all up, is back up again and no one scammed you. All is well that ends well. 

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Key Takeaways

  • Hackers have exploited in order to run a crypto giveaway scam.
  • A pop-up told users to send Bitcoin to a QR code address, with the promise of receiving double the amount in return.
  • Doubling scams are a common occurrence in the crypto space, with high-profile websites and personalities often exploited to conduct them.

Share this article, the official website of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency was compromised by hackers running a giveaway scam. Exploited For Giveaway Scam

In an unfortunate security failure, was compromised for a giveaway scam, users reported Thursday morning. Visitors to the website were greeted with a popup, asking them to send crypto to a Bitcoin wallet via a QR code and receive double the amount in return.

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The fake message told visitors that the Bitcoin Foundation was giving back to the community, and that the giveaway would be limited to the first 10,000 users in order to draw people into the scam. Users couldn’t click past the fake pop-up message, making the rest of the website inaccessible for the duration of the scam.

The Bitcoin address used in the scam received 0.40BTC worth $17,000. The hacker moved almost all of the funds out of the main wallet and into two other holding wallets.

Started in August 2008 by Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto, serves a knowledge hub for the top cryptocurrency. It hosts various resources such as the original whitepaper and developer documentation on Bitcoin.

According to the’s pseudonymous operator CobraBitcoin, the attackers may have exploited some flaw in the website’s domain name system (DNS), and gained unauthorized access. Hackers usually crawl websites to identify underlying vulnerabilities that can be used to orchestrate attacks.

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After being taken down for a few hours to investigate the root cause of the security breach, the website has now been restored to its pre-hack status.

The exploit is not the first “double your money” scam to affect the crypto space. Cryptocurrency giveaway scams often leverage popular web platforms and fake or hacked celebrity social media accounts to trick users into thinking the scam is credible.

Last year, the Twitter accounts of Binance CEO ChangPeng Zhao, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and other prominent figures on the crypto community were hacked in order to carry out a doubling scam, asking users to send Bitcoin to an undisclosed wallet, with the promise of receiving double the amount back. According to the US-based Federal Trade Commission, impersonators of Tesla CEO Elon Musk have stolen at least $2 million from investors using similar scams.

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Tagged : / / / / / / / Hacked, Showing Sign of “Double Return Bitcoin” in Gift Scam, a peer-to-peer (P2P) and open-source platform focused on bitcoin development was hacked this Thursday morning by showing bitcoin’s giveaway activities.

Starting at about 05:44 UTC on Thursday, a sign of “This website cannot be accessed” displayed on the website.

After that, an aside window popped up on the homepage, asking users to deliver Bitcoins to a dedicated address with an attached QR code and address, and claimed that it would be returned in double in the future.

Reportedly, the hacking was targeting the bitcoin foundation, which gives back to the user community and limits by the first 10,000 users. is not affiliated with the Bitcoin Foundation, but the site often appears when users search for bitcoin on search engines.

At present, the direct URL of the website cannot be accessed, and other subpages cannot operate normally.

The user is promised a doubled false promise through false gift fraud after transferring encrypted assets to this wallet address, causing the user to lose the transferred bitcoin.

According to the data on the chain, the receiving address has received 0.4 BTC in the past few hours, with a total value of more than $17,700.

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Tagged : / / / / / / owner reports site hit with ‘absolutely massive’ DDoS attack

A website aiming to support the development of Bitcoin has reportedly been hit with a DDoS attack.

Cøbra, the pseudonymous owner of, reported on Twitter today that the website had been hit with an “absolutely massive” distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack along with a ransom demand for an undisclosed amount of Bitcoin (BTC). At time of publication, is still accessible.

“Back in the day you could put up a reasonable fight against most DDoS attacks,” said Cøbra. “Now they just down you at will. There is no ‘fight’ anymore, you go down and stay down until they leave you alone.”

While DDoS attacks have previously targeted major crypto exchanges, it seems somewhat unusual for attackers to go after a site like, which holds no information about funds or users, only open-source information on the BTC blockchain and the cryptocurrency. The website was the target of a similar DDoS attack in December, which resulted in users being unable to access the Bitcoin Core software for a few hours.

Last year, major DDoS attacks targeted Binance, OKEx and Bitfinex. At the time, CEO Changpeng Zhao claimed that the attack on Binance was undertaken by its competitors in an attempt to harm its reputation rather than steal funds.

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This isn’t the first time the website has been in the news in recent weeks. has also been the target of legal threats from Craig Wright, the man who claims he created Bitcoin. Last week, a U.K. court ruled in favor of Wright claiming copyright infringement against for hosting the Bitcoin white paper — Cøbra did not mount a defense to the lawsuit.

“I didn’t show up because defending against nonsense is a waste of time,” the owner said at the time.

Following the court ruling, blocked access to download the Bitcoin Core software for any user with a U.K.-based IP address. The project has also removed any links to the Bitcoin white paper.